The New York Yankees are on the verge of a rebuild and it has been reported that two former All-Stars would be sent packing.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, some people of the New York Yankees have talked about releasing distinguished veterans like Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.
A-Rod owns a .210/.260/.371 slash line with an on-base plus slugging percentage of .631 and only nine home runs. All of those numbers are the worst of his 22-year career since entering the league as an 18-year old.
The three-time American League MVP is slated to make $21-million in 2017 but, as Heyman mentioned, his urge to reach home run number 700 and to pass Babe Ruth at 714 on the all-time home runs list makes his circumstance a bit more complex.
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Teixeira, on the other hand, will become a free agent once the 2016 season reaches its completion. He has also disappointed to a devastating level thanks to his .185 batting average coinciding with only eight home runs. 0-for-4 day with two whiffs Thursday, and A-Rod now is sitting at .210 after his 0-for-3 collar on Thursday.
Despite the bomb hit by A-Rod on Monday following a Teixeira homer on Wednesday, the two went a combined 0-for-7 on Thursday.
Yes, this may be tough to do considering the money they’ll have to eat up in the process, but this makes all the sense for New York.
Considering what two integral parts of the 2009 World Championship team bring to the table, they are doing nothing but take at-bats away from youngsters on the rise like Rob Refsnyder or even Aaron Judge.
It comes down to sellers or buyers. After taking three-out-of-four from the Orioles I do believe they will stand pat with all of this sell talk until the blind ownership realizes that it the team’s best route.